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Walter Brooks, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission

  1. 1. Connect Policy Forum<br />Walter R. Brooks, Executive Director<br />Regional Planning Commission<br />July 21, 2011<br />
  2. 2. Regional Planning Commission<br />Building a Sustainable Community<br />
  3. 3. Regional Planning Commission<br />Legal Authority<br /><ul><li>State Enabling Legislation
  4. 4. Local Ordinances
  5. 5. Federal Mandates</li></li></ul><li> Regional Planning Commission<br />U.S. DOT Priorities<br /><ul><li>Safety
  6. 6. Preservation (State of Good Repair)
  7. 7. Economic Competitiveness
  8. 8. Livable Communities
  9. 9. Environmental Sustainability</li></li></ul><li>RPC as the Metropolitan Planning Organization<br /><ul><li>Long Range Transportation Plan
  10. 10. AKA: Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)
  11. 11. Short Range Transportation Plan
  12. 12. AKA: Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)</li></li></ul><li> Transportation Investments<br />Average Annual Investments<br />1991 – Current $71.9M/year<br />2040 Plan<br /><ul><li>System Preservation 42%
  13. 13. Safety & Operations 27%
  14. 14. Bike/Ped 10%
  15. 15. New Capacity 21%</li></ul>Transit<br /><ul><li>Discretionary $ Competitive Pot
  16. 16. New Starts 50% Local Share
  17. 17. Operating Cost TMAs 100% Local</li></ul> Small Urbans 50/50%<br /><ul><li>Inter-City Rail FRA (not FTA)</li></li></ul><li>
  18. 18. Transportation Investments – FY-09<br />
  19. 19. Transportation Investments – FY-10<br />Total Investments $203m<br />87 Projects<br />
  20. 20. RPC Annual Allocations from the State Transportation Fund for the New Orleans Urbanized Area<br />
  21. 21. public Participation in the Planning Process<br />New Directions 2010 and Beyond<br /><ul><li>Federal Programs Integration
  22. 22. Emphasis on increased public participation and education
  23. 23. Greater democratization of decision-making
  24. 24. Renewed Central City Focus</li></li></ul><li> RPC’s Citizens Survey<br />
  25. 25. Regional Planning Commission<br />Recurring Issues and Themes<br /><ul><li>Roads
  26. 26. Repair Streets and Sidewalks
  27. 27. Improve Operational Controls</li></ul>(fix signals, add turn lanes, traffic safety)<br /><ul><li> Transit
  28. 28. Service Reliability/Transit Demand
  29. 29. Greater Transit Connectivity
  30. 30. More Streetcar Lines
  31. 31. Transit shelters and Trip Info</li></li></ul><li> Regional Planning Commission<br />Recurring Issues and Themes<br /><ul><li>Bike and Pedestrians
  32. 32. Add Bike Lanes
  33. 33. Enhance Pedestrian Crossings
  34. 34. UPWP Projects Feasibility Studies</li></li></ul><li>How We Make Decisions<br />RPC Transportation Policy Committee<br />RPC Staff<br />Advisory Councils<br /><ul><li>Complete Streets Advisory Council
  35. 35. Transit Advisory Council
  36. 36. Freight Advisory Council
  37. 37. Regional Livability Advisory Council</li></ul>Technical Advisory Committee<br /><ul><li> Parish & Planning Directors
  38. 38. Parish Department of Public Works
  39. 39. Parish & City Chief Administrative Officers
  40. 40. Local Transit Operators
  41. 41. Louisiana DOTD
  42. 42. New Orleans Public Belt Railroad
  43. 43. Port of New Orleans
  44. 44. LA Motor Transport Association
  45. 45. Louisiana Airport Authority
  46. 46. National Safety Council
  47. 47. Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission
  48. 48. Crescent City Connection Commission
  49. 49. U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  50. 50. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  51. 51. Federal Transit Administration (FTA)</li></ul>RPC Staff<br />The General Public<br />
  52. 52. Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan<br />Prepare Strategic Action Plan for Implementation of Goals<br />Passage of HCR 131<br />Begin plan implementation<br />Prepare & Adopt Coordinated Plan <br />2010<br />2011<br />2007<br />
  53. 53. RPC’s Coordinated Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan<br /><ul><li>Identifies transportation needs of the elderly, disabled, and low income
  54. 54. Provides strategies for meeting those needs
  55. 55. Prioritizes transportation services for funding and implementation
  56. 56. Was developed through a process </li></ul>involving representatives from <br />transportation providers, <br />human service agencies, Parish <br />departments, LaDOTD, and <br />advocacy groups<br />
  57. 57. Coordinated Planning Process Quarterly Meetings<br />1. Provide forum for discussion between human service agencies, advocacy groups, transit providers, LA DOTD, etc.<br />2. Identify ways to implement strategies in the plan<br />3. Inform related planning initiatives, such as the Comprehensive Operations Analysis and the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)<br />4. Raise issues, concerns, and needs regarding public transit and human services transportation<br />5. Prioritize strategies for funding and implementation<br />6. Develop input into the plan 2012 update<br />7. Strengthen cooperation and coordination between stakeholders<br />
  58. 58. RPC’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Has Trained<br />190Engineers and Planners<br /> 31 Police in 8 Jurisdictions<br /> 27 Citizens<br />
  59. 59. RPC’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Program Effectiveness<br />Bicycle fatalities are45%<br />Pedestrian fatalities remain the<br />same, but reported injuries are<br />5.64%<br />
  60. 60. Making Livable Communities Happen<br />The Magazine Street Example<br />
  61. 61.
  62. 62.
  63. 63. Despite the infrastructure improvements…sometimes you can’t teach an old dog new tricks<br />
  64. 64.
  65. 65. TULANE AVENUE<br />
  66. 66. Magazine Street<br />
  67. 67. Harrison Avenue<br />
  68. 68. Leake Avenue<br />
  69. 69. Andrew Higgins Drive<br />
  70. 70. Andrew Higgins Drive<br />
  71. 71. Wisner Blvd. and Trail<br />
  72. 72. Phase I – I-10 East Beautification<br />
  73. 73. Thank you<br />Walter R. Brooks, Executive Director<br />Regional Planning Commission<br />

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